May 28, 2010 > Contributions needed for Deaf World Games
Contributions needed for Deaf World Games
By Biff Jones
Alexandria Brinkley of Pleasanton, a California School for the Deaf (CSD) junior point guard and CSD girls coach Debbie Ayers will join the USA U-21 Deaf World Games women's team, June 21 - July 4, when they fly to Lublin, Poland, for the Deaf World Basketball Championships.
USA will practice twice per day for three days in Lublin before the games begin June 25 with the championships being held on July 3.
Twelve women and twelve men were selected from throughout the United States to represent Team USA. Oskar Schugg, CSD boys coach, will be an assistant for the USA men's team.
Top deaf female player in the country headlines the women's team. Easter Faafiti of Pittsburg received a Division III All American Honorable mention award this year while playing for Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.
Gallaudet is the only deaf university in the world. Three other players on Team USA are from Gallaudet and four additional players will play for Gallaudet next fall.
Coach Ayres has coached DI basketball and has been named the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association's (NDIAA) National Deaf High School Coach of the Year the past two seasons. These things qualified her for the position as head coach of Team USA's U-21 Deaf women's team. In addition, Ayres did her undergraduate work at Chico State and graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville under hall of fame coach Pat Summit.
Brinkley has been recognized as an up-and-coming point guard. This past year she was named to the Clerc Classic All Tournament Team in Texas and the Western States Basketball Championships All Tournament Team in Arizona. Brinkley led her 2008-2009 CSD team to the Division VI North Coast Section (NCS) championship game, and to the second round of NCS playoffs in 2009-2010.
Team USA women are in Group A and play on June 25, 27 and 29 against Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland.
Team USA men are also in Group A and play on June 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 against Venezuela, Ukraine, Estonia, Great Britain and Poland.
Quarters, semis and finals for both men and women are July 1, 2 and 3.
Nike provides team uniforms, practice gear and clothes. USA players and coaches must each raise $2,500 to cover airfare and room and board for the Deaf International World Championships in Poland. Donations are appreciated.
Checks may be made out to "USA Deaf Basketball - International" and are tax deductible. Send donations in care of Coach Debbie Ayres, California School for the Deaf, 39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont, CA 94538.
USADB (Deaf Basketball) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID number is available to donors upon request.